Jen and John originally planned on having an intimate wedding, but once the pandemic hit, we quickly changed plans. They decided to have a sunrise hiking elopement to an alpine lake in Telluride. An adventure we will never forget!
We hit the trailhead before the sun came up, stopping along the way to share stories of the couple. We reached the top of the mountain just as the Alpenglow started. Jen changed into her wedding dress while her best man put wildflowers in her hair. Meanwhile, around the corner, John and his best man put the finishing touches on his suit. While the coupe was getting ready, their friends prepared the ceremony site. They laid down a rug for the aisle, and each placed a rock to keep it sturdy. While a few of them burned Sage and Palo to cleanse the space before the ceremony.
They read their vows and shared their first kiss during the sunrise. Afterward, they set up a small brunch-style picnic. Complete with fruit, cheese & crackers, and of course, champagne. We spent the morning hiking around, taking pictures, and sharing stories. On our way back down the trail, passing hikers threw wildflowers for the couple as they went by. One of my favorite moments of the day! After a short lunch break, we made our way up to Bridal Veil Falls. (The tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado!) We hiked around some more and cooled off from the spray of the falls. It was the perfect way to end such an epic day.
I have always dreamed of photographing a sunrise hiking elopement at an alpine lake in Telluride. Sometimes things don’t work out as you originally planned. Sometimes they go even better!
You can view Jen & Johns Winter Engagement Session here!